Labor Day weekend marks the “Unofficial” end of summer. School is back in session and the (distance/hybrid/classroom) learning is underway. You may be looking for a last-minute vacation to escape the late Summer heat in Charlotte or just to get away one more time before youth sports kick into high gear. If you are ready to travel but don’t want to fly this Fall there are some great options for a quick vacation within a few hour’s drive of Charlotte.
If you are a beach person, you are in the right place! Charlotte is within about a 4 1/2 hour drive of many great beaches. Each beach town and city has its own personality. We definitely encourage you to visit them all if you haven’t picked a favorite yet. In North Carolina, Oak Island and Carolina Beach are both fairly close to Wilmington and offer nice, laid back beaches and friendly faces. Down the coast a bit toward Myrtle Beach, SC things get busier. The beaches get a lot more visitors and they’re full of activities for kids and adults. There is a long, quiet stretch south of Myrtle Beach that offers proximity to activities, but feels more like a retreat. Outside Charleston, Folly Beach is laid back and fun, while Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, and Kiawah are a little more upscale. Hilton Head offers a little bit of everything and is a very popular destination for Charlotteans to visit.
If you enjoy the mountains (or milder weather), there are some fantastic nearby options for you, too! Blowing Rock and Asheville are two popular mountain destinations within two hours of Charlotte. Blowing Rock is a beautiful mountain town with amazing scenery and hiking trails nearby. There are local breweries, restaurants, and shops in a nice downtown area. If you’ve never explored Asheville before, take the opportunity. The Biltmore house is open again with some restrictions and safety precautions in place, but there are plenty of outdoor activities to do in Asheville as well. Summer is cooler in the mountains than in the city, especially at night. You can also cool off in some of the lakes and rivers that dot the landscape. Sliding Rock is a natural water slide about an hour outside of Asheville and it’s certainly something to experience.
As a bonus, it’s apple-picking season in the mountains right now. You can make memories and enjoy some delicious apple donuts on your getaway. Skytop is a crowd favorite and it’s only about 40 minutes from Asheville. This year, they’re requiring masks for all visitors in the Fruit Stand store, but those apple donuts are totally worth it!
Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend.
Enjoy the adventure!